Nicola first traveled to the Antarctic in 2009 with Quark Expeditions. Since then, she has completed over 60 voyages to the southern continent and over 25 expeditions to the Arctic, including 9 trips to the North Pole. Nicola began her career on the ocean back in 2003 around southern Vancouver Island, Canada. She has worked as a marine naturalist and spent 8 glorious summers observing the world-famous southern resident orcas. During her “off” season, Nicola has volunteered as a marine mammal observer for conservation groups. When not on the ships, these days she can be found at home with her furry canine friends in Vancouver Island’s beautiful Comox Valley.